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PARQUET COURTS

THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2013

Formed from the ashes of bands such as Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids, Parquet Courts are a glorious encapsulation of everything NYC punk should be; a frenzied and frantic ramraid on the history of garage rock but with more whip smart intelligence, cutting humour and – crucial to the band – emotional honesty than most other bands muster.

Parquet Courts initially released their debut LP “Light Up Gold” on their own label Dull Tools, but the resultant buzz and excitement (with the tastemaking likes of Spin, Pitchfork, Village Voice and many others joining the ranks of the converted) has seen the album get an official release in the US in January and in the UK. From start to finish, this is a full throttle experience which you have no choice but to dive in to headfirst, with ridiculously infectious melodies and propulsive guitars which grab you as Brown and Savage (with assist from Max Savage and Sean Yeaton) spin their short, sharp tales of quarter-life ennui (“Borrowed Time”), weed-induced inertia (“Stoned and Starving”) and job anxiety (“Careers in Combat”) with concise, laserlike precision.


TRACK LISTING

1. Master Of My Craft
2. Borrowed Time
3. Donuts Only
4. Yr No Stoner
5. Yonder Is Closer To The Heart
6. Careers In Combat
7. Light Up Gold I
8. Light Up Gold II
9. N Dakota
10. Stoned And Starving
11. No Ideas
12. Caster Of Worthless Spells
13. Disney P.T
14. Tears O Plenty
15. Picture Of Health

Parquet Courts

Light Up Gold / Tally All The Things That You Broke

    Expanded version of ‘Light Up Gold’, including a bonus disc featuring a brand new 5 track EP (which is also available to buy a standalone mini album).

    Aside from the brief B side burst of ‘Smart Aleck Kid’, people haven’t heard new ‘properly recorded’ songs from the boys in Parquet Courts since their critically acclaimed album ‘Light Up Gold’ - a surefire year-end Best Of… list staple. The What’s Your Rupture? label are pleased to announce the first taste of the band’s new music, a mini album entitled ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’.

    This new record is far more than a stopgap in between full lengths; it’s the sound of Parquet Courts stretching out.

    TRACK LISTING

    ‘Light Up Gold’
    Master Of My Craft
    Borrowed Time
    Donuts Only
    Yr No Stoner
    Yonder Is Closer To The Heart
    Careers In Combat
    Light Up Gold I
    Light Up Gold II
    N Dakota
    Stoned And Starving
    No Ideas
    Caster Of Worthless Spells
    Disney P.T.
    Tears O Plenty
    Picture Of Health

    ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’
    You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now
    Descend (The Way)
    The More It Works
    Fall On Yr Face
    He’s Seeing Paths

    Parquet Courts

    Sympathy For Life

      Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Sympathy For Life finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity.

      Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey. Unlike its globally adored predecessor, 2018’s Wide Awake! the focus fell on grooves rather than rhythm.

      “Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party,” says co-frontman Austin Brown. “Sympathy For Life is influenced by the party itself. Historically, some amazing rock records been made from mingling in dance music culture – from Talking Heads to Screamadelica. Our goal was to bring that into our own music.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Laura says: While album opener "Walking At A Downtown Pace" is about as Parquet Courts sounding as you can get, Sympathy For Life sees them taking a broader more experimental approach to their sound. It’s still unmistakeably them, the chugging post punk grooves and catchy hooks are still there, but it’s a more expanded, adventurous sound that works brilliantly.

      Barry says: It's been a long wait for the new Parquet Courts LP, and this one follows 2018's highly regarded 'Wide Awake', which is never going to be an easy task. Fortunately for all involved, this one takes the incredibly successful formula of that banger and streamlines it into a wonderfully precise and soaring pop-redux of their already sleek sound. A brilliantly catchy, wonderfully written opus.

      TRACK LISTING

      Walking At A Downtown Pace
      Black Widow Spider
      Marathon Of Anger
      Just Shadows
      Plant Life
      Application/Apparatus
      Homo Sapien
      Sympathy For Life
      Zoom Out
      Trullo
      Pulcinella

      Parquets Courts' fifth album 'Wide Awake!' - produced by Danger Mouse - is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band's exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.

      TRACK LISTING

      Total Football
      Violence
      Before The Water Gets Too High
      Mardi Gras Beads
      Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience
      Freebird II
      Normalization
      Back To Earth
      Wide Awake
      NYC Observation
      Extinction
      Death Will Bring Change
      Tenderness

      Daniele Luppi, is probably most famous for arranging Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy", but he really caught our attention when he collaborated with Danger Mouse on "Rome" back in 2011. This album sees the Italian composer collaborate with Piccadilly favourites Parquet Courts as he heads north in his native country to bring us "Milano". The album's influence is Milan in the mid 80's and provides us with a snapshot of the city as he remembers it - from the flashy glamour of the time to it's dark underbelly. Parquet Courts do what they do best, providing a raw urgency, with jagged guitars and nonchalant vocals, and Karen O makes a few appearances to add a bit of Yeah Yeah Yeah's swagger to proceedings. 
      In a way, it's sort of a sequal to "Rome", but it's a very different beast altogether.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: This collaboration sees Italian composer Daniele Luppi and shop favourites Parquet Courts coming together in a cacophony of snarling indie and clashing energetic percussion, topped (in the most part) by Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeah's fame. Cue much off-kilter rhythmic showboating and moaning vocals. So much so in fact, that Matt asked me if I was listening to porn on my headphones. I was not. Excellent all-round, everything you'd expect from this calibre of musician.

      TRACK LISTING

      01. Soul And Cigarette
      02. Talisa (feat. Karen O)
      03. Mount Napoleon
      04. Flush (feat. Karen O)
      05. Memphis Blues Again
      06. Pretty Prizes (feat. Karen O)
      07. The Golden Ones (feat. Karen O)
      08. Lanza
      09. Café Flesh

      Recorded over the course of a year against a backdrop of personal instability, Human Performance massively expands the idea of what a Parquet Courts record can be. They've been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last 5 years; this is the record that backs all those words up.

      “Every day it starts, anxiety,” began the first song on 2014’s Content Nausea. Those were essentially the song’s only lyrics, but Human Performance picks up where that thought left off, picking apart the anxieties of modern life: “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it's physical or mental or social,” says singer, guitarist and Human Performance producer/mixer Austin Brown.

      There has always been the emotional side of Parquet Courts, which has always had an important balance with the more discussed cerebral side, but Andrew Savage sees Human Performance as a redistribution of weight in that balance. "I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” says Savage. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus,” he says. “Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

      The sonic diversity, time, and existential effort that went into its creation makes Human Performance Parquet Courts' most ambitious record to date. It's a work of incredible creative vision born of seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is also their most accessible record yet. 



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Darryl says: After bursting on the scene with the explosive and thrilling splendour of “Light Up Gold” (a Piccadilly Records Album Of The Year back in 2013) Parquet Courts seemed to be on a mission to alienate with a succession of somewhat “difficult” releases, the ‘Monastic Living’ EP in particular was a real head scratcher! But thankfully with ‘Human Performance’ the Brooklyn based four piece have rediscovered their smart pop edge.
      Kicking off with the upbeat and catchy “Dust”, the band immediately plug in to their trademark “Americana punk” showcasing an uber cool sound that brings to mind the perfect New York lineage of Sonic Youth, Television and The Velvet Underground.
      Almost every track on ‘Human Performance’ screams “Single” potential; we have the goofball pop of “I Was Just Here”, “Berlin Got Blurry” and afore mentioned “Dust”; the slacker-rock (dare we say Pavement influences?) of “Paraphased”, “Outside” and “Keep It Even”; the jaunty rumbles of “Pathos Prairie” and “Captive Of The Sun”; the mellow hazy-psych of “Steady On Mind” and the uptempo but chilling “Two Dead Cops”. The title track chronicling a relationship breakdown is a serious song of the year contender with its introspective verses and explosive shouted choruses; and then we have album’s centrepiece, “One Man No City”, a six minute plus drawn-out long-jam epic combining bongos and the jagged guitars of “The Gift” period VU. Lastly, "It's Gonna Happen" is a perfect finale, a brooding refrain that leads out with the reflective “…it’s gonna happen every time so rehearse with me in mind…”
      ‘Human Performance’ is Parquet Courts reaching a songwriting peak, refined and intelligent off-kilter Brooklyn art-rock.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Dust
      2. Human Performance
      3. Outside
      4. I Was Just Here
      5. Paraphrased
      6. Captive Of The Sun
      7. Steady On My Mind
      8. On Man, No City
      9. Berlin Got Blurry
      10. Keep It Even
      11. Two Dead Cops
      12. Pathos Prairie
      13. It's Gonna Happen

      The year and change since the release of Parquet Courts monumental 'Light Up Gold' is reflected in ways expected and not with 'Sunbathing Animal', its sharper, harder follow up. Following their quietly released 2011 debut 'American Specialties', 'Light Up Gold' caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colors and raw energy, saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable, a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street.

      As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. Constant touring was broken up by three recording sessions that would make up the new album, and the time spent in transit comes through in repeated lyrical themes of displacement, doubt and situational captivity. To be sure, Sunbathing Animal isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarceration implies an understanding of freedom and peace of mind. Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves, and extended at length as if to preserve them. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, “Sunbathing Animal” is a roller coaster you can’t get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity.

      Much as Light Up Gold and the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday city life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision. Still rooted firmly in the unshackled exploration and bombastic playing of their earlier work, everything here is amplified in its lucidity and intent. The songs wander through threads of blurry brilliance, exhaustion and fury at the hilt of every note. Parquet Courts remain, Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton, and M. Savage.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Bodies
      2. Black And White
      3. Dear Ramona
      4. What Color Is Blood
      5. Vienna II
      6. Always Back In Town
      7. She’s Rollin
      8. Sunbathing Animal
      9. Up All Night
      10. Instant Disassembly
      11. Duckin And Dodgin
      12. Raw Milk
      13. Into The Garden


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